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New Directions for Research in Foreign Language Education

ISBN 9781138673991
Published October 20, 2017 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

New Directions for Research in Foreign Language Education brings together contributions by reputed scholars that examine the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of teaching and learning foreign languages. With a particular focus on languages other than English, the book looks at the socio-political dimension of language learning and teaching and the need to re-theorize multilingualism for our age. The volume includes a range of perspectives, from language teaching as an act of reconciliation to language learning across the lifespan, from innovations in assessment and curriculum to critical appraisals of pedagogy and textbook materials. Each chapter presents a clear case study drawn from diverse contexts to illustrate the different concerns of the contributors. The book is a valuable resource for all students, teachers, teacher educators and researchers who share an interest in researching multilingualism and the different facets of teaching and learning foreign languages. 

Table of Contents

PART 1: Changing rationales for language study

  1. Navigating precarious territory: Teaching Turkish in Greek-Cypriot classrooms
  2. Panayiota Charalambous, Constadina Charalambous and Ben Rampton

  3. Language learning as opportunity across the life span 
  4. Simon Coffey

  5. Foreign language teaching for citizenship development
  6. Mairin Hennebry


    PART 2: Foreign language study for global multilingualism

  7. Not English but English-within-multilingualism
  8. Jennifer Jenkins

  9. ‘Glocal languages’: The ‘globalness’ and the ‘localness’ of world languages
  10. Manuela Guilherme

  11. L2 learning outside the classroom: new directions for research on intercultural interactions during study abroad
  12. Rachel Shively


    PART 3: Critical perspectives in the classroom

  13. French language textbooks as ideologically imbued cultural artefacts: Political economy, neoliberalism and (self) branding
  14. David Block and John Gray

  15. The need for new directions in modern foreign language teaching at English secondary schools
  16. Ursula Wingate and Nick Andon

  17. Developing competence for French as a foreign language within a plurilingual paradigm
  18. Nathalie Auger


    PART 4: Innovations in policy and practice

  19. Assessing the diverse linguistic and cultural repertoires of students of diverse languages
  20. Angela Scarino

  21. Embedding the assessment into the learning: a new direction for high-stakes speaking assessments
  22. Martin East

  23. Toward an educational policy for U.S. collegiate foreign language instruction:
    Curricular considerations

Heidi Byrnes



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Simon Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages Education at King’s College London, UK. He is joint editor of the Language Learning Journal.

Ursula Wingate is Senior Lecturer in Language in Education and works in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London, UK.


"This book focuses on the challenges of teaching languages other than English, in varied contemporary contexts. It presents a stimulating selection of rationales, critiques and innovative proposals for curriculum and assessment, which will help professionals at all levels to reassess their practices and engage constructively with today’s diverse students."
Rosamond Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, UK